Multi-media artist Allie Pohl may be best known for her Ideal Woman series, but the breadth of her work explores cultural phenomena as they happen: extreme body enhancement, current hair removal trends, and most recently, social media personas. Art Cart NYC™ will present Pohl’s exhibition Defaced at Truck Yeah™, Bushwick Open Studios, June1-2.
Defaced welcomes ongoing, anonymous, and open participation in a discussion about how they really think and feel while using social media. The project will reveal the socially unacceptable comments individuals restrain from writing. By considering questions such as, “What makes something Facebook-worthy?” Defaced sheds light on the “how and why”; the sentiments behind the social media user experience. In a digital age in which the lines between the physical and online worlds are blurred, one’s perspective can be difficult to maintain. Defaced will explore this rapidly changing landscape.
What is the story behind Ideal Woman?
"Ideal Woman" is a concept reflecting society’s obsession with perfection. I created a symbol by digitally transforming and enhancing the American cultural icon, Barbie, to the socially constructed ideal of 36-24-36, forcing viewers to be aware of the unattainable nature of the “cookie cutter” form pervading Western culture. The symbol, serves as an avatar, which is repeated throughout my work.
As a way to appropriate this concept into pop culture, I created the Ideal Woman: Necklace. The necklaces are agents for change; to question the social constructs of perfection. I partnered with the organization, Daybreak, a Los Angeles based women’s charity that is a project of OPCC, a 501(c) non-profit organization. Daybreak empowers women recovering from mental illness and homelessness to rebuild their lives. The women of Daybreak and I work together assembling the necklaces as part of the rehabilitation process. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to the center.
It seems like Defaced is questioning similar ideas/ideals. Do you see these two projects as connected?
This project is a continuation and is absolutely related to my previous work. Technology has altered the way we receive and perceive beauty and the way we communicate and perceive communication. I am driven by the same goal: holding up a mirror to society.
Have you been surprised by anything thus far in the Defaced project? Any unexpected outcomes? Do you edit the comments at all before you post them?
As we continue to grow as a technology-prevalent society we have to address how technology has and continues to change the way we receive and perceive information.
I have not really been surprised by any comments thus far. Some comments have been thought provoking while others have been funny. I would never edit someone’s comments; I created this space for people to freely write how they think and feel; to create a dialogue.
One of the comments, “I share, therefore I am,” was particularly funny and befitting. It also uses that twitter/meme formula of appropriating something we’re familiar with, in this case, a Descartes quote, and tweaking it to make a Social Media Truism that makes us smirk and nod.
That is one of my personal favorites.
I think it is really important to “self-reflect” while using social media.
Social media really allows for reflection. And hyper-reflection, at that. Moments after <big event>, we respond together in real time. But perhaps the revelatory aspect of creating distance from <big event> through time is compromised.
Most people I know, myself included, have a complicated relationship with social media. They see it as a tool for so many valuable things: sustaining relationships with friends, generating publicity for work and personal projects. But everyone seems to have an opinion on what is and what is not social media-worthy. Those participating in Defaced often share their views on this. Have you gleaned any insight on what people value or don’t value to this end?
There is always the good and the bad with everything and it is important to try to find a healthy balance; the ying/yang theory. Social media has a lot of positive and, therefore, in return, negative attributes.
Defaced was launched last week, so it is fairly new. What I have gathered, thus far, is that a lot of people feel guilty and therefore reluctant about visiting their “ex’s”. I think guilt can be one of our most dangerous feelings. No one cares or wants to see a million pictures of babies or cats. People use the Facebook platform to share and reveal different types of information, whether it is important or irrelevant. People really like documenting events as opposed to just participating in them.
They do! And is documenting becoming a participatory action in and of itself now?!
I think it is about what actually drives us to document. Is it because we want to show everyone what we are doing by posting it on Facebook and Twitter? Then does that connect us with other people or friends because we could possibly meet up or know through digital communication that we have shared the same experience? But why do people feel the need to be on their devices if we are with other people participating or experiencing an event with physical interaction? Live in the present.
Yes. It’s like a degree of separation exists even though we are participating in an experience in real life. I always think of that when I’m at a concert and someone is recording video on his or her smartphone. They’re experiencing the whole performance on their 4x2 inch screen when the life-size version is mere feet in front of them.
I have a friend who found out his girlfriend was really into those Alternate Reality video games about a year into their relationship. He broke it off because he saw the whole thing as a mechanism to escape reality that was too strange for him to deal with. But this made me think: which can boast a truer representation of self?
Yes and who’s to say which representation of an individual’s self is more true. I think we all have alter egos which are released in different ways. But, there is the physical reality and the digitally constructed reality. If someone is more comfortable in a digitally constructed world where they are able to create their own idea of themselves and control their form of communication, then more power to them, but that is not the physical world where there is no “signing out.”
I’m going to switch gears. There is this social media site called Dirty Bubble that’s penned as “Rate my Professor meets Yelp” for dating. People you date review you on everything from appearance to sanity to personal hygiene BY STARS !! Can you imagine? Do you think this is a way of solving the “true online persona” question (in the most painful way possible)? Am I wrong to see this as completely masochistic?
That is really terrible. It is just another form of on-line bullying.
Last year, I created a gallery installation focusing on the most commonly used words in online dating sites. My installation was called Mirror, mirror. I guess we are in a time where people feel more comfortable behind the screen and often times camouflaging who they are.
The following questions were first posed by anonymous commenters to the Defaced project. Allie was kind enough to answer them when re-posed here by Art Cart.
Have you Google stalked before a first date?
How many photos of friends standing in a row is too many?
Hahaha. I don’t know. But I think we can get the point with a few. I am a minimalist!
Have you ever posted music lyrics as a status update on Facebook or twitter?
Maybe on twitter…
Where’s the “Dislike” button on Facebook?
Where is it?!
Does anyone have as much fun in real life as they seem to be having on Facebook?
It is the viewer’s perception of the individuals “fun.”
Is anything unique anymore?
Does the internet make people lonely or are lonely people more attracted to the internet?
Meet Kelsey, Art Cart’s newest web contributor! She’ll be posting about all the Truck Yeah participants leading up to Bushwick Open Studios on June 1st. Keep an eye out for her interview with Allie Pohl next week.
In NYC but hailing from Kansas, Kelsey is a Master’s candidate in Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her past professional experiences include internships at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Christie’s Auction House. She currently assists with business operations at Americanflat, an online art gallery and consultancy organization. Her editorial contributions for Art Cart center on alternative art spaces in and around the city. Seen any great art outside of the Institutional Four Walls that Art Cart should cover? Send Kelsey a tip via twitter.
Art Cart NYC™ admires Performa’s biennial for its ability to occupy the entirety of New York City and capture the attention of its inhabitants for a nearly a whole month. It pushes the boundaries of (performance) art in all sorts of media and method, as well as the boundaries of public intervention. Contributor Sophie Cavoulacos shares her highlights from the 2011 event.
This November, the team at Performa has put on a remarkable three weeks of programming, staring off with a bang with Elmgreen & Dragset’s Happy Days in the Art World on November 1st and wrapping up with the Malcom McLaren Award last Monday, which was awarded to Ragnar Kjartansson. The fourth iteration of RoseLee Golberg’s biennial celebrated performance with commissions from both emerging and established artists, and has also been truly interdisciplinary in nature with music, film and visual arts abound. Between the Performa Hub at 233 Mott Street, home the Performa Institute's programs, and collaborations all over the city - from Wu Tsang at the New Museum, Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler in Chelsea, Marina Ronsenfeld in Chinatown and many more - Performa has both embodied and revealed the synergy between the arts and the city. It’s impossible to make it to every performance and program (or if it is, that person deserves a prize) but the durational aspect is compelling in its own right - Performa presents itself as a force to be reckoned with, as art you need to make time for, and as an idea that stubbornly lodges itself in your brain. Here’s to an intelligent, thoughtful and undeniably rad few weeks. Already looking forward to what’s to come.
Art Cart in The Big Apple
Posted by Ronnie Cho on November 09, 2011 at 04:50 PM EST
There are many things that can inspire us. Whether it’s listening to the story of a war veteran, learning about someone who successfully started a company, or reading a speech from historic figures fighting injustice there are so many places to look for inspiration. For many there is one thing they can always rely on to stir imagination and passion - art.
Hannah Flegelman. (Photo from HelloGiggles)
Most of us do not get the chance to work with artists and art on a daily basis. Many people do not have the time to visit a museum or a gallery during the work week and therefore find themselves craving to reinvigorate their creative juices. This week’s Women Working to Do Good profile of Hannah Flegelman highlights the savvy way she is bringing creativity to the people in the streets of New York City proving that art can be discovered anywhere. Hannah found her inspiration for Art Cart NYC in a very unlikely place:
Food carts were “developing beyond the typical street [carts] you see on Broadway [in NYC]” into sophisticated gourmet restaurants on wheels. “I thought to myself, how great would it be if instead of a food cart, we had an art cart that could gather a following and exhibit art in a similar fashion as the way in which these trucks serve up their fares?” Thus, Art Cart came into being.
Hannah has been described by her classmates as that girl that everyone wants to be friends with and don’t we all want to know what that girl is up to now. Well here is your chance. Check out Hannah’s story from our series withHelloGiggles and get inspired to make change in your community.
Sponsored by Jalopnik and Gawker Artists, Art Cart NYC™ and Etta Place Present Truck Yeah: A Mobile Meet Up on October 2, 2011 from 12-6 pm at the Crown Victoria Bar in Williamsburg
Art Cart NYC™ and Etta Place are proud to announce Truck Yeah: A Mobile Meet Up, to take place on October 2, 2011 from 12-6pm The Crown Victoria Bar at 60. S. 2nd Street in Williamsburg. For the first annual Mobile Meet Up, a group of eleven trucks, each representing a different player in the rapidly growing “mobile culture” of New York City—from gourmet food, to fine art, music, design, and fashion—will convene in Brooklyn to celebrate the increased mobility and changing landscape of New York City. Envisioning the urban center as an ever-changing backdrop, mobile culture provides the public with accessible outlets to everything from diverse cuisines to cultural events that can be sought out or simply stumbled upon. These roaming vehicles move and evolve as fast as the city they serve. Overall, mobile units enable entrepreneurs to take risks, thereby creating a more energetic and colorful metropolis.
Art Cart NYC™’s third exhibition will present the work of Amia Yokoyama and Kennedy Yanko. Yokoyama will transform the truck into a cave-like environment and induce altered states of awareness through the use of light and sound. Employing digital frequency modulation, algorithms, and light projections, she will channel the sacred nature of prehistoric caves in a contemporary iteration. Yanko will stage her paroxysm paint sculptures inside and around the truck. These poured pieces are boundless outbursts of vibrant pigments, which form eerie, intoxicating, surreal sculptures that are malleable to their surroundings.
For its inaugural exhibition, Etta Place will present Resident Artists, a salon style exhibition of works by local artists, including paintings by Malado Baldwin and Heather Morgan, works on paper by Alison Mazur, jewelry by Emily Miranda, wallpaper by Flat Vernacular and other curiosities. In addition, El Camino ARTRV will showcase REACTION SERVICES, a mock trucking company created by Stephen Zerbe, and Gawker Artists will present photographer Adam Courtney’s Box Project, for which he will invite the public to pose for portraits in a constructed set. BangOn! NYC will play music and Lonely Goat Dance Company will perform throughout the day.
Art Cart NYC™ is a mobile exhibition space that motivates people to think imaginatively about exhibiting and experiencing art. Building on the movement of art in alternative spaces, Art Cart NYC™ works with young artists, performers, and curators to organize dynamic public events in which exhibitions and performances are staged around the parameters of a truck. Its events build strong connections between members of a burgeoning interdisciplinary artistic community, and its web presence perpetuates the conversation about an emerging generation of creators. Art Cart NYC™ constructs unique situations that demonstrate how art is approachable, engaging, and socially valuable.
Etta Place is a Brooklyn-based art and curiosities house founded by sisters, Genevieve and Liz Dimmitt. Equal parts art salon, design workshop, and clubhouse, Etta Place is a forum for showcasing works by local artists, designers, and creators using re-purposed, recycled, vintage and found objects.
Gawker Artists is an online art community and exhibition program that offers free exposure to artists of every medium. Participating artists receive profile pages on Gawker Artists and are eligible to have their work published in advertising across all Gawker Media titles and included in the Gawker Artists Shop. Select artists are featured in various brand partnerships and quarterly exhibitions at Gawker’s NoLita office turned gallery space.
Housed in a former police car repair shop, Crown Victoria Bar and Gardens offers 24 craft beers on tap, a full kitchen, 1,000 square feet of front patio and a 10,000 sq ft back yard & event space. The inviting interior bar space is built from reclaimed wood from the Coney Island Boardwalk and is constructed primarily from recycled material. The back yard/event space has even more room to relax, or play one or more of our rotating leisure activities, including ping-pong, badminton and bocce, with new games added all the time
At Gawker Media’s auto-focused title, Jalopnik delivers news, reviews, and opinion for the automotive enthusiast. Acclaimed industry expert Ray Wert steers the coverage from shiny galleries of domestics and exotics to roadside narrative and the evolution of car culture in mainstream media. The Jalopnik readership comprises automotive experts and decision-makers who share their make-and-model persuasions with countless others in their social circles.
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2011-Art Cart NYC™ presents Hayden Dunham’s "Until it all go’s" at the Festival of Ideas for the New City on May 7, 2011
New York, NY. Art Cart NYC™ is thrilled announce its participation in the “Festival of Ideas for the New City.” As part of the festival’s collaborative initiative to envision possibilities for the future of New York City, Art Cart NYC™ reimagines the infrastructure of a gallery by bringing an exhibition space to the streets. Challenging the participating artists to take into account the parameters of an alternative exhibition space, the truck serves as a point of inspiration for the creative process. On May 7 at the Festival’s StreetFest, Art Cart’s exhibition space will be transformed into a mobile installation that responds to the museum’s concept of a “reconfigured city.” Taking cues from the movement of art in alternative spaces, Art Cart’s method of exhibition has been influenced by everything from the ease of mobility of food trucks to the instant and constantly updating channels of communication and information dissemination provided by social networks. Envisioning the urban center as a malleable, ever-changing landscape, Art Cart NYC™ provides an exhibition space that is neither static nor immutable with the ability to change and move as fast as the city that it serves.
For the upcoming exhibition, artist Hayden Dunham will transform the truck into a vibrant, multifaceted installation, using materials such as synthetic hair, cotton undergarments, egg shells, feather comforters, and found clothing. Blurring the line between the organic and the synthetic renderings of nature, Dunham’s work Until it all go’s will alter the truck’s space to reflect the dual character of the body as both coarse and abrasive, yet nurturing and safe. Constructing a quilt of interwoven underwear and keratin hair that wraps the outside of the truck and a dimly lit, womb-like escape of undulating cream colored comforters that envelop the viewer inside, Dunham’s environment creates a nostalgic atmosphere that recalls collective memories of girlhood and questions concepts of origin. Surrounded by these mixed organic and synthetic materials that evoke not only the “natural” body, but also the artificial or manipulated body one is left to question: how human are we?
About Art Cart NYC™:
Art Cart NYC™ is a mobile exhibition space that motivates people to think imaginatively about exhibiting and experiencing art. Building on the movement of art in alternative spaces, Art Cart NYC™ works with young artists, performers, and curators to organize dynamic public events in which exhibitions and performances are staged around the parameters of a truck. Its events build strong connections between members of a burgeoning interdisciplinary artistic community, and its web presence perpetuates the conversation about an emerging generation of creators. Art Cart NYC™ constructs unique situations that demonstrate how art is approachable, engaging, and socially valuable. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Festival of Ideas for the New City:
The Festival of Ideas for the New City, May 4-8, 2011, is a major new collaborative initiative in New York involving scores of Downtown organizations working together to harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore ideas that will shape it. The Festival will include a three-day slate of symposia; an innovative StreetFest along the Bowery; and over eighty independent projects and public events. For more information, visit festivalofideasnyc.com.
Ever walked around a new city, neighborhood, or street, and wondered what stories the walls had to tell? Especially in New York, it feels like there are volumes of history buried in every building, block, and neighborhood. To help keep these stories alive, a new organization called Broadcastr is using mobile technology to keep people connected to the city. Similar to a museum’s audio guide, Broadcastr has created a social media platform for people to learn about locations and connect to each other via the stories they tell. All you have to do is download the application onto a smart phone and tune in.
Broadcastr will be participating in the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City. For the festival, each of the participants is uploading messages for a walking tour to introduce visitors to its project. Check out ours here!
Broadcastr is a Social Media platform for location-based stories. It enables the recording, indexing, listening, and sharing of audio content. Just like in human memory, every story is bound to a place. Whether dishing last night’s details to friends, uncovering local lore, perusing restaurant reviews, listening to travel guides, tuning in to citizen journalism, contemplating oral histories, or sharing hilarious anecdotes, Broadcastr amplifies all our voices. Users can take a GPS-enabled walk as stories about their surroundings stream into their headphones, like a museum tour of the entire world. Users can record their own content, create playlists, follow their friends, and share on Facebook.